Saturday, 18 May 2002

AZERBAIJANI COURT SENTENCES VOLUNTEERS FOR CHECHEN WAR

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After a five-week trial, Azerbaijan\'s military court passed sentence on 17 May on seven Azerbaijani citizens who volunteered to fight on the Chechen side in the ongoing war. The men were charged with belonging to illegal armed formations, illegal possession of weapons, and deserting from the Azerbaijani Army. Four received suspended sentences of between two and four years, one was sentenced to four and the remaining two to five years\' imprisonment.
After a five-week trial, Azerbaijan\'s military court passed sentence on 17 May on seven Azerbaijani citizens who volunteered to fight on the Chechen side in the ongoing war. The men were charged with belonging to illegal armed formations, illegal possession of weapons, and deserting from the Azerbaijani Army. Four received suspended sentences of between two and four years, one was sentenced to four and the remaining two to five years\' imprisonment. Twelve young Azerbaijanis who underwent training at the same Chechen-run military camp in Georgia received similar sentences in January. (Turan)
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